Replacing Stock Speakers - Beware!!

Discussion in 'Communications And Radio' started by Dr. Dolittle, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    One of my projects today was to finally replace my stock speakers with the J&M ones I bought awhile back. Everything went smoothly until I sat on the bike to test them out before putting the fairing back together. Apparently, the J&M's frame isn't quite as thick as the stock ones so when reinstalling the screws, in an attempt to get everything REAL snug and tight so there would be no speaker rattling, the end of the screws poked through the inner fairing by 1/8 inch or so. Just enough to catch your eye and infuriate me! I'll be able to paint them black and I'll bet not one in a hundred people would notice but I'll ALWAYS know they're there, staring at me, mocking me!

    Lesson learned - when swapping any component out from now on I will hold them side by side and compare dimensions - maybe even slip the screw in for a dry run and measure how much protrudes - that sort of thing. Never assume anything!
     
  2. threesteps

    threesteps Junior Member

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    Ouch! It won't make you feel any better but we've all made similar mistakes. :yes
     
  3. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    We have all done something like that,after a while you learn to test fit and watch what you are doing when working opposite of the cosmetic side.I would suggest you remove the screws,put flat wahers on them as spacers,then put a dab of black silicone in the holes.When it cures cut any remaining with a razor blade and finish it with a dab of mat black paint,after you wash your inner a couple of times you won't see it. If you leave them sticking through you will be touching them up every month and they will always irritate you.
     
  4. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Thanks Steve - great suggestion. It means taking everything apart again but it's obviously the right thing to do.
     
  5. gs34

    gs34 Junior Member

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    That's good advice Steve. And I agree, if you take your time and do it right, no one will be the wiser......
    Except for us Doc!!!:taunt
     
  6. whatyardwork

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    Sounds like a good excuse to get the painted inner to me.The wife cant even argue about it.You upgraded the speekers so she could hear better and look what happend.
     
  7. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    As long as any potential future buyers aren't forum members, i guess I'm OK then!
     
  8. wolfshead1

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    I switched mine out with Infinity cheapo's and had wonderful luck.I feel your pain and have done much worse.
     
  9. gs34

    gs34 Junior Member

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    Sorry Doc. Just couldn't resist. Who better to poke at you when you're down than your buds?
    We all know the feeling. Hope that's the worst you ever have happen.
     
  10. rothladoad

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    Yep.Had a similar experience putting the J&M's in mine.To make a long story short,I had too much help.I didn't even know there was a spacer!My helper stopped me about a half a thread short of poking a hole through the inner fairing.Looked like a brand new black pencil eraser poking out.After wiping the tears from my eyes and the snot off my lip I ended up gentley pounding the bump down with a punch and sanding it smooth.A little paint on a Q-tip and it is hardly noticable.I work alone now.